Never say never.
When Halle Berry was told the paparazzi laws will never change in Hollywood, she tried to move her family to France where it is illegal to publish photos of children taken by the paparazzi.
But when a judge did not grant her appeal (her daughter’s father fought the overseas move), Halle joined forces with fellow celebrity mom Jennifer Garner to introduce new laws in California aimed at protecting children from the ever present paparazzi.
Although they were told the laws will never change and it will be impossible to make a difference, Halle and Jennifer appeared before a committee at the state assembly last August to argue that the offspring of celebrities were not responsible for being born into the public eye and should not face daily harassment by photographers.
“We’re moms here who are just trying to protect our children,” said Halle. “These are little innocent children who didn’t ask to be celebrities. They didn’t ask to be thrown into this game and they don’t have the wherewithal to process what’s happening. We don’t have a law in place to protect them from this.”
Fast forward a few months since this appeal. In a Tuesday appearance on CBS, Halle said that the impossible has, in fact, occurred.
“I have had no paparazzi since January 1st,” she says. “This is how different it is…when I was in the LA airport the other day, the paparazzi ran up and my security said, ‘She has her baby with her.’ They said, ‘We’re sorry,’ and they walked away. They walked away because I had my child. I was in shock, I thought ‘this is working.’ We feel so civilized.”
HUGE congratulations to Halle and Jennifer! We’re so glad to hear that the paparazzi have become less aggressive. That said, it is still legal to publish photos of celebrity children on blogs and in magazines in North America.
I would estimate, in all my six years of blogging, I have published hundreds of photos of Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and their three children. And the Garner-Afflecks have never taken their children to a red carpet event or posted even one photo of their tots via social media. They are photographed so regularly simply because of two factors: they are A-listers and they live in Brentwood, Calif. — the it neighborhood of the stars.
On the other hand, high-profile couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West – who also live in L.A. – complain about the paparazzi invading their child’s privacy, but they also regularly share photos of their 1-year-old daughter North via social media.
Trust me, I have often struggled publishing the non-stop Jennifer Garner pics. The problem is, we all love Jen! Year after year, the Dallas Buyers Club actress receives tons of love in Celebrity Baby Scoop’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. So does Ben and those adorable Affleck kids!
And I have often wondered what that is like for her. Does Jen constantly worry about her hair? Does she pray the paps will get a good angle? How does she explain the non-stop shutterbugs to her kids?
But for the celebs who seem to crave the attention – and treat their children like the latest posh accessory – I don’t feel so bad.
So what is the solution? Shut down popular websites like Celebrity Baby Scoop? Boycott magazines that run paparazzi photos? Enforce laws regarding photographs of high-profile children? Or should the celebrity families simply move away from Hollywood?
Cast your vote below!